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Illegal Driving Instructors could be working in your area. But they're not on MotorTrades - rest assured

Becoming an Approved Driving Instructor

All Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) must pass a searching three-part examination to qualify, and they have to reach and maintain the high standards required by the The Driving Standards Agency (DSA). It is illegal to charge for Driving Lessons unless a person is qualified and registered with the DSA.

Before an individual is allowed to register as an Approved Driving Instructor they are assessed by DSA to ensure that they are 'fit and proper' and that they have a high standard of driving and instructional ability. This includes criminal record checks. It makes good sense to make use of a professional ADI because they are an acknowledged expert in driver education and will know better than anyone how to prepare you for the tests.

What to Look Out For

Qualified driving instructors should display an in-date licence in their windscreen during lessons.

  • A green badge shows that they are fully qualified and are subject to regular checks by DSA to ensure their continued competence and suitability to give instruction.

  • A pink badge indicates that they have trainee status and are entitled to give paid instruction while acquiring practical experience.

Pupils should also ensure that the photo on the badge matches that of the person providing the instruction. Some of the potential instructors who have failed their examinations will continue teaching despite no qualifications!

Driving instructor examinations are in 3 parts:

  1. theory
  2. own driving ability
  3. teaching skills

They only have 3 attempts at the driving and teaching examinations, which is why many fail and resort to teaching illegally.

They may offer you cheap driving lessons, however, they will NOT have the correct car insurance, will NOT be teaching you modern methods of driving so you could end up paying for lessons for a longer period. They would NOT have a criminal record check (enhanced CRB check)

Illegal driving instructors potentially put other road users at risk, as well as the people they are teaching. If you have any doubts about whether a driving instructor is teaching legally call DSA on 0292 058 1155

The DSA is responsible for the statutory regulation of driving instructors and trainers in the UK.

In 2009, there were over 45,000 people on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors.

More Information

www.2pass.co.uk is the definitive resource on the web for information about Driving Schools and learning to drive; and this web site is almost as old as the web itself. Here, Ray Williams, the site's founder, looks at some of the pitfalls in finding a high calibre instructor. Needless to say, all the Driving Schools listed on motortrades.co.uk's pages are all legal and above board!

Information for People Learning to Drive

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) website - dsa.gov.uk - will close later this year. Information for learner drivers and riders, and newly qualified drivers and riders, has moved to Directgov, and can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest. This excellent resource contains information about learning to drive, the practical and theory tests, the pass plus scheme, changes to the driving test, etc.

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